Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Top 5 Non Scary Ghost Movies

Scary movies and horror film in general is not a kid’s thing to watch. In fact, most parents will be thrown into the fire if they let their children watch random horror fare that involves murder or even sex. It’s not something that you want to be involved with, as a parent. But that’s not to say that there aren’t ghost and other types of scary movies that are worth checking out. Sometimes people ask me what can their kids watch without fearing trauma, so here we go, here are top 5 non scary horror and ghost movies that you can watch with your kids and not feel bad about.

5. Topper

A comedy that involves ghosts and a happy couple that happen to be dead, trying to bring terror to a family that has moved to the suburbs into their former home. They are all about helping out a former friend they knew. Topper is a classic 1930’s film that doesn’t have anything scary about it and stars Cary Grant. I guess it kind of is scary to think how Hollywood has changed in nearly a century, as this film goes for boredom.

4. Ghost Busters

Here we go, Ghost Busters, a rocking comedy that involves all you want from ghosts and beyond. You get a “who’s who” list of comedic actors from the early 1980’s! A group of exterminators fight to get through some of the cheesiest effects in ghost film making up that point. They made a sequel, but this is a classic.

3. Beetlejuice

The ghost with the most is seen here in this late 80’s classic. Tim Burton directs an interesting cast where a ghost is called upon to scare people out of a home, but when he becomes too much to handle, they have to figure out how they are going to stop him from terrorizing. Michael Keaton does a great job bringing this ghost to life, and it’s one of the better uses of ghosts, dead people, and comedy.

2. Frighteners

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, here is Michael J. Fox stars in this attempt at scaring people. This is an easy to watch film where comedic horror meets some interesting supernatural moments. This is not a scary movie, although they try to make it into one. Peter Jackson directs, but it’s a far cry from the stuff he was working on in the 80’s with “Bad Taste’ and more.

1. Riding The Bullet

Riding the Bullet is an interesting piece from 2004, as it was one of the worst adaptations of Stephen King’s work. This movie didn’t earn much, was boring, but felt like an episode of “Are You Afraid of the Dark” or “ Goosebumps”, both of which are meant for kids. While this film was in limited release, I managed to watch it and fall asleep. This is a tame ghost movie that involves horror elements and beyond.

With the above 5 films, you can get your kids a “horror” or “ghost” movie without worrying that they are going to be traumatized by zombie or other genres. This list is of course just a quick one and is not at all the ultimate source for horror cinema.

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